Supernatural The Prisoner Review

This show! My heart can’t take it!

There was much yelling and screaming and whimpering in terror watching this penultimate episode of Supernatural. With Charlie’s death confirmed in flames, there’s no denying anymore what happened, the terrible mistakes made and Dean’s anger at his brother seems justified. I started cringing the moment Dean told Sam to shut up.

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I feel so bad for Sam, but I forget sometimes that Sam is one tough customer, not just against monsters, but being able to take Dean’s anger and not return it in kind. In a very soft voice, he explained that yeah, we were trying to save you, Dean. I’m still, even now, on board with Sam doing whatever it takes. What choice does he have? He either saves his brother, or Dean succumbs to the Mark of Cain. If Dean gives into the Mark he becomes the world’s worst monster, one his brother and Cas will have to hunt and destroy. These are not good options.

The title of the show is apt, the Prisoner. They are all prisoners to the choices they’ve made. It’s do or die.

So GO SAM. Save your brother man.

Dean then says the absolute unthinkable and something completely out of character while Charlie’s body burns. He thinks it should be Sam, instead of her.  Right then, I knew that the Mark had taken another piece of Dean’s soul. He’s spent his whole life, since he was FOUR, protecting his little brother. He sold his soul for Sam. He’s made deals with angels to save Sam. He’s killed for Sam. That was not Dean Winchester talking. That was the Mark.

When Dean stormed off, I knew what was coming next would be brutal. Dean finds the Styne family compound and kills every single one of them.

All the dead people
All the dead people
More dead people
More dead people

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Oooo … snap

Sam’s back with Rowena and Cas relaying the bad news without a word, and gets Charlie’s last email. (And he knows where Dean is because he lo-jacked the Impala – ha! Smart Sam). The key is presented to them and even though Sam has promised Dean he’ll shut it all down, he changes his mind and charges forward. I’m saving my brother, he tells Cas, who he then sends off to keep Dean from going too far off the reservation. Rowena coerces Sam into fulfilling his end of the bargain; kill Crowley.

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Go, keep Dean safe.
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The amazing Ruth Connell

That whole scene between he and the King of Hell was both funny and terrifying. Would you just die already? There’s no doubt that Sam hates Crowley and hasn’t forgotten for a second all those people who died because of him. I immediately thought of Sarah’s merciless death in S8 and heard the anger in Sam’s voice as he stood over Crowley. While I love Mark Sheppard, I was rooting Sam on. I thought it would be perfectly appropriate if Sam was the one to finally kill him. He’s wanted to for a long time, going all the way back to Season 5, The Devil You Know…Which turns out, none of us did, including Sam.

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When Crowley’s eyes turned blood red, smoke seeping out of them, I was truly terrified. This we have never seen before. And it was magnificent. Mark Sheppard oozed evil from every pore. And there was something going on with the blood he spat up that made me wonder just what was in that hex bag. It was just weird looking, and I can’t figure out what was going on with it. Maybe Rowena isn’t trying to kill her son, but bring back the King of Hell. If so, she succeeded.

Jared Padalecki played Sam as sufficiently frightened that I was frightened for him. It’s not like Show has never killed a Winchester before, so for a few excruciating moments, I thought Sam was a goner. Probably won’t be the last time I think that before the end of this season either.Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.32.26 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.32.14 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-16 at 11.31.53 PM

Gasping for breath right along with you Sam!
Gasping for breath right along with you Sam!

There was a lot more screaming when the Styne’s invaded the bunker, blowing the entry door off its hinges.

Three more dead guys
Three more dead guys

It might be impervious to evil entry, but a little C4 did the trick and then they started collecting the burn pile. Book upon book and including some treasured mementoes, but especially Dean’s picture of his mother. I thought again that another horror was about to be perpetrated.

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Nope. No. Uh-uh.
Nope. No. Uh-uh.

The match was lit and then the epic ‘Here’s Johnny’ moment, Dean rounds the corner.

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He’s covered in blood and he has dead eyes. Jensen Ackles deserves ALL THE AWARDS for this performance and all the other ones from a season of incredible. I was thrilled and terrified again. The bunker wasn’t going to get torched, but Dean wasn’t going to show any mercy. Eldon Styne, who killed Charlie, absolutely deserved to die. He wasn’t human anymore after the surgical enhancements his family specialized in gave him a couple of extra body parts. Dean’s killing of him was swift and without hesitation. He only had one brain and it only took one bullet. I loved how Eldon was gearing up some big fight to the death, and Dean, Indiana Jones style, whips out his gun and shoots him down.

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But then he turned on the kid. A kid who wasn’t surgically altered. A high school kid, who didn’t want to be part of his monstrous family, told Dean all of that, and then begged Dean to let him live. As Cas later said, the Dean Winchester I know never would have killed that boy. Just a few short episodes ago, back in the Executioners Song, he and Team Free Will went to some lengths to save a kid who had a bad family history. But not this time. There was an element of cruelty there too, when he withdrew the gun for a moment and it reminded me too much of the demon inside. Poor young Cy thought he was going to make it, but no. Without emotion, Dean pulled the trigger, and it was just as brutal as all the other Stynes who fell to Dean’s wrath.

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Dean is so thoroughly engulfed by the Mark that he turns on Cas, also something unMarked Dean wouldn’t do. Dean has been beaten senseless, and once nearly to death by Cas, and he never fought back. The mirroring of the crypt scene from Season 8, Goodbye Stranger was a happy accident, according to Jensen at JibCon6, though I have a tough time believing that since the scenes were so similar, only this time it was Dean beating up Cas, and Cas who didn’t fight back. He’s an angel and certainly could have stopped Dean, but I think he underestimated the grip of the Mark. He seemed a bit stunned when Dean over-powered him so easily from the angel hold he tried to put on him, which is bad news all around. Maybe it’s too late to stop him by any means. Cas doesn’t want to kill Dean and when it comes down to it, he’ll hesitate and it’ll be all over but us screaming about it.

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There was a war going on inside this man. Look closely at his eyes. I swear it’s like the right side of his face is softer than the left. It even looks like there is a tear there, glistening. Cover one side of his face and then the other. His hand shook a little, but it all happened in fractions of seconds. How does Jensen doooo it?

The last heart-stopping moment left me unable to breathe in that instant when the blade plunged down and we don’t see. My brain worked furiously fast, waiting for the flash that wouldn’t come but I couldn’t understand quickly enough to grasp what wasn’t going on, still not breathing, until the next shot. Pretty sure there was a fandom wide gasp of relief when we were shown a stabbed book instead of a stabbed Cas. That would have been too much after losing Charlie, to lose Cas the very next episode, but I don’t think they’re going to spare us for the last one.

The only reason Cas is alive and not angel bladed is because there is still a speck of that old Dean Winchester in there.

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Next week we come down to it with Brother’s Keeper. Go look up your Cain and Abel bible stories to get the biblical reference there and wonder while you wait, biting your nails, just how much Supernatural is going to twist it around. That’s what they do, and do it to utter perfection.

If you’ve seen the previews, you know who is coming for dinner. The stakes are incredibly high and our hearts are likely to be broken. I keep holding onto the slim hope that they aren’t going to kill us all with a cliffhanger, but of course, I’m just being silly. A fool’s hope that.

Just a few more days to go, Fandom, to greet our doom!

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